Little known and even less seen are the archival holdings of Longue Vue House and Gardens. With approximately 40,000 items, the archives are open for research by appointment with the Curatorial Department. Contact Lenora Costa at 504.293.4712 to request an appointment.

The holdings can be broken into three categories:

  • Personal photos, letters, and various ephemera of the family members who lived within the home during its occupancy;
  • Approximately 25,000-item collection relating to the physical site of Longue Vue, which provides a detailed record of the construction, landscaping, and furnishing of the estate with drawings by Ellen Biddle Shipman and the Platt brothers;
  • Documents pertaining to projects and civic engagements of the Sterns, which included civil rights and African American education, the reform of municipal government in New Orleans and Louisiana, the urban development of New Orleans through the public and commercial projects of the Sterns, the history of financiers and philanthropists in America, and numerous arts and music organization.